Summer Internship in Risk Advisory
I really enjoyed my internship at Deloitte. The culture was great, as I received support from everyone during my 6 weeks working here, including the partners. The range of work varied, and I had the chance to work with different clients. The internship was also really structured, with a specific timetable for the whole programme together with points of contact for different projects.
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Everyone was willing to provide me help and gave me advice, no matter how busy they were. When I was shadowing a partner, even when she was busy talking to clients and her department, she still spared time to explain me what was going on in case I could not understand the topic. The champions also provided a lot of support in order to ensure we had the best time during the internship.
A lot of support and guidance was given. At the beginning I hesitated to ask a lot of questions, worrying that I would interfere with everyone's work. However, I was eventually encouraged to ask as much as I could, and provided with extra information sources in case I still did not get it.
Depends on the projects I worked on. Some of the projects were quite busy with a lot of tasks to work on, so I had quite a few deadlines during the week. However, some might not be as busy, so I would spend the day either shadowing someone in the department or go around offering help.
Surprisingly quite significant. I thought I would just only edit some spreadsheets or do some admin tasks, but my work was actually used for the projects, including a crisis simulation for a client.
I would not say it applied a lot to my degree, as my placement was rotational so I worked on different fields. However, I definitely had the chance to develop my soft skills, so it was still a plus
Really friendly. Everyone would smile with you and offer help whenever possible. I received a lot of advice which I believed helped me significantly with my work. There was a feedback system in place so that I knew how to improve for my next tasks as well. The social scene was great too. There were a lot of societies and sports to get involved with, and I was invited to a multicultural social, which I quite enjoyed.
I would say it was really structured, from the beginning to the end. Before the internship, I received an email from the champions asking about my background, what my goals for the internship would be and where I would be commuting from so that they could tailor the programme for me. I really appreciated this as the projects I were assigned with were definitely helping me in achieving what I wanted to. There was also a really detailed timetable, with points of contact if needed for each project so you could prepare in advance.
One of the projects I was assigned with involved programming. To my surprise, the manager asked a senior consultant to spend the day with me to learn some basic knowledge of programming from scratch, which I really appreciated. The buddy system was also helpful, as my buddy was a point of contact whenever I was unsure of something. Besides, there is an internal website where I could find guidance and free ebooks to enhance my knowledge.
Very appealing. You are guaranteed a partner interview at the end of the internship, which could help you convert the internship into a graduate job. The conversion in my department was also quite high, with above 90% success rate. I also got a return offer after my graduation, so the internship put you in a quite good position as you do not have to worry much about jobs in final year of university.
My intake was quite close, especially due to the fact that there was a lot of social events organised during the internship (around once every week). This means we had the chance to meet each other and catch up quite often. At the beginning of the internship, there was also an induction day, which helped break the ice among everyone.
As it was in the centre of London, cost of living was very expensive. I was lucky as I was offered a place at a friend's house for free, so it helped a bit with living expense. Costs of socialising were similarly high, but there is a subsidised canteen inside Deloitte where you can get affordable food.
As it is the central London, the nightlife is vibrant. There is a bar just right next to the company's door. A lot of pubs and bars are also around, which take less than 10 minutes walking. If you want to go a bit further, you can go to St Paul or Holborn area, which are all still in walking distance.
There were many opportunities such as sports and societies, or even volunteer work. But as a temporary employee, it was quite challenging to fully immerse in those. Aside from that, as an intern, I was invited to some department talk and social events and had the chance to meet some new people from the firm.